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Byline: Miriam Stoppard

There are two types of epilepsy - petit mal and grand mal.

Petit mal seizures are also known as absence seizures. People don't lose consciousness completely but enter into a dream-like state.

Grand mal seizures cause unconsciousness and can make the limbs twitch and jerk uncontrollably. Petit mal (absence) seizures 1 Help the person to sit down. Remove any sharp objects or hot drinks from nearby.

2 Talk to the person calmly and stay with them until the seizure has passed.

3 If the person is unaware of their absence seizures, suggest that they see their doctor. Grand mal seizures 1 If the person is falling, try to ease their fall if you can. Clear the space around them and ask any.

bystanders to stand back.

2 Loosen the person's clothing and put something soft under their head.

3 Once the seizures have stopped, put them in the recovery position. Check their breathing, pulse and level of response and stay with them until they're fully recovered.

4 Phone an ambulance if unconsciousness lasts more than 10 minutes or the convulsions more than five minutes. Note the time of the seizure and its duration.

DO NOT lift or move a person having a seizure unless they're in danger. And DO NOT put anything in their mouth or try to restrain them in any way.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2012
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